All posts by Elaine Van Develde

Focus: Car Show Cruising

The Fair Haven Fire Department Fire Police & Auxiliary Car Show made its 18th appearance on the firehouse grounds on Sunday.

In the hopes of having a bit more sun to shine on the day, organizers shifted it to the rain date from the originally planned Saturday event.

There was a big showing and turnout.

Take a look (and please forgive the blurriness of some of the photos. The photographer was a bit out of focus herself with a fall cold.) But, don’t forget to enlarge! Enjoy!

— Elaine Van Develde

The R-FH Area Weekend: Tavernfest, Car Show, Harvestfest, Haunted Theater, Lantern Tour

Rumson-Fair Haven area folks are falling for the spirit of the fall season like kids to a pile of leaves. And the weekend leaves no option but to partake in or at least toss around some activity options. There are many.

Here’s what’s going on in the area this weekend:

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A Retro Look at RFH Cheerleaders

Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot

In the interest of giving equal time to the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) girls of the football season, the Retro Pic of the Day zooms in on the cheerleaders of the past.

This above photo features the varsity cheerleaders of RFH in 1975-76.

Notice how the captains of the squad’s letters are RF only and they’re in white. Hmmm.

And then there were those catchy cheers with all that stomping, pom-pomming, clapping and megaphones. Aaaaaand “Hey, purple! Hey white! You look so good to meeeeee … Hey, hey, hey purple, hey white …” Who remembers one? Don’t be shy now!

Recognize these girls?

What do you miss about the role of the cheerleader in the past versus the present? What do you like better now about the cheering squads and what is now a dance team?

Retro Going to The Hunt

The Hunt in the 1990s
Photo/courtesy of Hetty Tegen

The Hunt. The Hunt. It was the annual October social gathering of the century in Monmouth County — from 1932 until 1996.

The Hunt, really the Haskell Hunt or Monmouth County Hunt Race Meet. It was where all good Rumson-Fair Haven area hob-knobbers, uppercrusters and hill voyeurs of the famously elite lifestyle gathered on the Amory Haskell Estate in Middletown, pretended to watch horses race and chase a fox, clinked crystal champagne flutes, donned designer duds, and sometimes did a little tipsy debutante tumble in the mud — all in good company. And there were many cheers to the festivity of it all!

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Focus: Birth of a Sea Bright Seawall, Replenished Beach

Jetty rocks are piled. Sand is raked and plowed into a vertical dune-like stretch down the beach. Trucks are digging, pulling and plowing sand. The relatively new boardwalk that earmarked a piece of a beginning after Superstorm Sandy’s wrath is demolished. The Where Angels Play playground has been dismantled. It’s what Sea Bright Public Beach and north and south of it look like on any given day lately. Sea Bright beach rebirth has begun.

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